• Ari Shaffir’s This Is Not Happening’s Comedy Central debut, one-hour special gets premiere date

    shaffirAri Shaffir is getting promoted from the Internet to television in the new year. Shaffir’s storytelling stand-up series This Is Not Happening will make its television debut on Comedy Central on Thursday night, Jan. 22 at 12:30 am EST (technically the wee hours of Friday). This Is Not Happening originally debuted as a web series on Comedy Central’s website, CC: Studios, as part of their initiative to incubate original comedy series online. With the success of shows like Broad City, many networks have begun testing out shows online before handing out pricey on-air time slots.

    This Is Not Happening‘s eight-episode season will feature familiar comedians such as Marc Maron, Joe Rogan, D.L. Hughley, Keegan-Michael Key and Paul Scheer telling their favorite, most embarrassing and funniest true-life tales. The web series has previously featured the likes of T.J. Miller, Kyle Kinane, Tom Segura, Big Jay Oakerson and Joey Diaz. Viewers will see Shaffir every Thursday following @midnight after its premiere. For the impatient ones, the first episode of the season will be available on Amazon Instant Video on Jan. 12 and on the Comedy Central App on Jan. 13.

    Comedy Central is also releasing two of Ari Shaffir’s one-hour stand-up specials in 2015. Paid Regular makes its worldwide premiere on Friday night, Jan. 16 at midnight EST. The special is a tribute to his origins as a stand-up comedian. Shot in the Original Room of LA’s Comedy Store, the popular podcaster recalls camping on mushrooms, UFC fights on acid and the small ways anyone can challenge authority.

    Shaffir’s first one-hour special Passive Aggressive will make its network television premiere on Comedy Central on Friday, March 13 at midnight EST. Passive Aggressive originally debuted on Chill.com in 2013. Comedy fans will have the opportunity to really get to know Shaffir in the coming new year. Until then? They can get to know him through his hit podcast Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank on the All Things Comedy podcast network.

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